Jeff Kaufman and Julia Wise donations made to Against Malaria Foundation

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Basic donor information

ItemValue
Country United States
Affiliated organizations (current or former; restricted to potential donees or others relevant to donation decisions)Centre for Effective Altruism
Best overview URLhttps://www.jefftk.com/giving
Facebook username jefftk
LinkedIn username jeff-kaufman-28a8bab
Websitehttps://www.jefftk.com/
Donations URLhttps://www.jefftk.com/donations
LessWrong usernamejkaufman
Effective Altruism Forum usernameJeff_Kaufman
Effective Altruism Hub usernamejeff-kaufman
GitHub usernamejeffkaufman
Regularity with which donor updates donations datacontinuous updates
Regularity with which Donations List Website updates donations data (after donor update)continuous updates
Lag with which donor updates donations datadays
Lag with which Donations List Website updates donations data (after donor update)months
Data entry method on Donations List WebsiteManual (no scripts used)

Brief history: Jeff Kaufman and Julia Wise have been giving since 2003 and have been practicing "earning to give" -- giving about 50% of their annual income -- every year, except years when they were financially tighter because of working at startups or pursuing graduate school. The couple has been highlighted by Peter Singer, and discussed in the mainstream media, for instance https://www.nytimes.com/2015/10/11/books/review/strangers-drowning-by-larissa-macfarquhar.html

Brief notes on broad donor philosophy and major focus areas: The couple makes sure to donate about half of their donation budget for charities that have a direct impact in global health and development, usually based on GiveWell recommendations. See https://www.jefftk.com/p/2017-donations for the latest affirmation of this; and see https://www.jefftk.com/p/why-global-poverty for more explanation of the focus. The remaining half includes effective altruism/movement growth charities (such as the Centre for Effective Altruism) and more speculative charities

Notes on grant decision logistics: The couple determines their charity budget by computing their adjusted gross income (AGI) with the help of their accountant and then calculating a fixed percentage (usually 50%) of that. See https://www.jefftk.com/p/what-should-income-mean-in-pledging for more details on why the AGI figure is used. They then do a 50-50 or similar split between GiveWell-recommended charities in global health and development, and other areas like effective altruism. The allocations in the GiveWell slice are informed by GiveWell recommendations, the allocations in the other slice are decided based on their own investigation. The actual pacing and modality of payments may depend on personal finances, available payment modalities, and donation matching options. As of late 2017, the couple have started using PayPal Giving Fund where possible because it can use a 2% cash-back credit card without charging either donor or donee any transaction fees, and also does a 1% matching, thus generating an extra 3% altogether. See https://www.jefftk.com/p/paypal-giving-fund and https://www.jefftk.com/p/2017-donations for more

Miscellaneous notes: It looks like the 50% of AGI became a target as a result of a compromise between Jeff and Julia: Jeff sought a little less and Julia sought a little more. In 2017, the couple targeted 30% initially, while Jeff was working at a lower-pay but potentially higher direct-impact job at money transfer company Wave. However, it went back up to 50% after he was fired from Wave and returned to Google. In 2011, the couple did not donate because Jeff was working at a startup and Julia was paying for graduate school out of pocket, see note [1] at https://www.jefftk.com/donations Also, note that donations listed in italics are not included as separate line items in the donations list on the Donations List Website; however, the ones among these that are employer matches are noted as employer matches to the corresponding donation. Consistency of totals against the totals listed on top at https://www.jefftk.com/donations was last verified on 2019-01-21

Full donor page for donor Jeff Kaufman and Julia Wise

Basic donee information

ItemValue
Country United Kingdom
Facebook page AgainstMalaria
Websitehttps://www.againstmalaria.com/
Donate pagehttps://www.againstmalaria.com/Donation.aspx
Donors list pagehttps://www.againstmalaria.com/Donations.aspx
Transparency and financials pagehttps://www.againstmalaria.com/Transparency.aspx
Donation statistics pagehttps://www.againstmalaria.com/DonationStatistics.aspx
Twitter usernameagainstmalaria
Effective Altruism Hubagainst-malaria-foundation
Wikipedia pagehttps://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Against_Malaria_Foundation
GiveWell reviewhttps://www.givewell.org/charities/against-malaria-foundation
Charity Navigator pagehttps://www.charitynavigator.org/index.cfm?bay=search.profile&ein=203069841
Guidestar pagehttps://www.guidestar.org/profile/20-3069841
Timelines wiki pagehttps://timelines.issarice.com/wiki/Timeline_of_Against_Malaria_Foundation
Key peopleRob Mather
Launch date2004

Full donee page for donee Against Malaria Foundation

Donation amounts by cause area and year

If you hover over a cell for a given cause area and year, you will get a tooltip with the number of donees and the number of donations.

Note: Cause area classification used here may not match that used by donor for all cases.

Cause area Number of donations Total 2018 2017 2016 2015 2013 2012
Global health (filter this donor) 25 369,695.58 96,848.00 56,000.00 75,145.58 84,152.00 33,400.00 24,150.00
Total 25 369,695.58 96,848.00 56,000.00 75,145.58 84,152.00 33,400.00 24,150.00

Graph of spending by cause area and year (incremental, not cumulative)

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Graph of spending by cause area and year (cumulative)

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Full list of donations in reverse chronological order (25 donations)

Amount (current USD)Donation dateCause areaURLInfluencerNotes
16,000.002018-12-27Global health/malariahttps://www.jefftk.com/donationsGiveWell The selection of PayPal Giving Fund was because it allowed the couple to earn cash back (2%) and also have PayPal match 1% ($150) to the charity.
15,000.002018-12-09Global health/malariahttps://www.jefftk.com/donationsGiveWell The selection of PayPal Giving Fund was because it allowed the couple to earn cash back (2%) and also have PayPal match 1% ($150) to the charity.
17,800.002018-12-05Global health/malariahttps://www.jefftk.com/donationsGiveWell The selection of PayPal Giving Fund was because it allowed the couple to earn cash back (2%) and also have PayPal match 1% ($178) to the charity.
17,900.002018-12-03Global health/malariahttps://www.jefftk.com/donationsGiveWell The selection of PayPal Giving Fund was because it allowed the couple to earn cash back (2%) and also have PayPal match 1% ($179) to the charity.
29,988.002018-11-27Global health/malariahttps://www.jefftk.com/donationsGiveWell Donation via Facebook Fundraisers. Of this amount, $19,992 was matched by Facebook as part of its Giving Tuesday match. See the post https://www.jefftk.com/p/facebook-donation-match for more context.
120.002018-11-26Global health/malariahttps://www.jefftk.com/donationsGiveWell Donation via Facebook Fundraisers.
40.002018-11-19Global health/malariahttps://www.jefftk.com/donationsGiveWell Donation via Facebook Fundraisers.
50,000.002017-12-21Global health/malariahttps://www.jefftk.com/donationsGiveWell See https://www.jefftk.com/p/2017-donations for more background on the donation decision. Out of a total donation amount of $142,000 for 2017, the budget for GiveWell top charities is 50%; of this, 79% goes to the Against Malaria Foundation (this is a little higher than the 70% recommended by GiveWell); this works out to $56,000. Out of this, $6000 was already donated in January. The couple chose to donate directly to the top charities rather than to GiveWell for regranting, in order for Jeff to be able to participate in donation matching at work. The selection of PayPal Giving Fund was because it allowed the couple to use a 2% cash-back credit card and also give the charity an extra 1% match from PayPal (so $500). Percentage of total donor spend in the corresponding batch of donations: 35.20%.
6,000.002017-01-05Global health/malariahttps://www.jefftk.com/donationsGiveWell See http://www.givinggladly.com/2016/12/two-standard-donations-and-one-new-one.html for more on the thinking and context. Employer match: Google matched 6,000.00.
10,000.002016-12-24Global health/malariahttps://www.jefftk.com/donationsGiveWell See http://www.givinggladly.com/2016/12/two-standard-donations-and-one-new-one.html for more on the thinking and context.
134.582016-12-05Global health/malariahttps://www.jefftk.com/donationsGiveWell
55,000.002016-06-25Global health/malariahttps://www.jefftk.com/donationsGiveWell
11.002016-06-12Global health/malariahttps://www.jefftk.com/donationsGiveWell Chosen by participants in a Giving Game.
10,000.002016-05-11Global health/malariahttps://www.jefftk.com/donationsGiveWell
79,152.002015-12-28Global health/malariahttps://www.jefftk.com/donationsGiveWell
5,000.002015-08-30Global health/malariahttps://www.jefftk.com/donationsGiveWell
1,000.002013-08-08Global health/malariahttps://www.jefftk.com/donationsGiveWell
10,000.002013-07-01Global health/malariahttps://www.jefftk.com/donationsGiveWell
10,000.002013-06-26Global health/malariahttps://www.jefftk.com/donationsGiveWell
6,000.002013-04-26Global health/malariahttps://www.jefftk.com/donationsGiveWell Employer match: Google matched 5,800.00.
400.002013-02-08Global health/malariahttps://www.jefftk.com/donationsGiveWell
6,000.002013-02-04Global health/malariahttps://www.jefftk.com/donationsGiveWell Employer match: Google matched 5,800.00.
19,000.002012-09-18Global health/malariahttps://www.jefftk.com/donationsGiveWell Employer match: Google matched 12,000.00.
150.002012-07-07Global health/malariahttps://www.jefftk.com/donations--
5,000.002012-01-29Global health/malariahttps://www.jefftk.com/donationsGiveWell